Claire Walsh’s life falls apart the day that was supposed to be one of her best ones. Her husband James leaves her on the day her daughter Kate is born, telling her he has found someone else. Dumbstruck with horror, she flees their apartment and returns to Dublin to her family.
As she tries to cope with her heartache and new child, and she goes through a lot of ups and downs. Her parents try to help her, and she slowly rebuilds her life and confidence. She tries to find what would cause her devoted husband to cheat on her, but the more she looks, the more unbelievable it seems that their marriage fell apart.
When Claire starts to heal, and look like a functioning human being, her younger sister Helen brings the gorgeous Adam home. Although he is younger that Claire, she is very attracted to him, and when he is interested in her as well, she is in a dilemma again. She knows she mustn’t poach her sister’s boyfriend, and even if she ignored the age difference, she senses that there are parts of Adam’s life he isn’t being open about.
After many incidents born from Claire’s insecurity, she and Adam starts seeing each other personally. As things finally looks good for them, James reappears, and tries to convince Claire to take him back. Will she take back her husband for her child’s sake?
Since reading my first Marian Keyes book, Rachel’s holiday, and discovering the Welsh family series by her, I always wondered why she hadn’t written a book about the eldest sister, Claire. I was quite impressed upon learning three years later that Claire indeed did have her own novel, Watermelon.
Watermelon is enjoyable, but certainly not as good as the others in the series, or even any of her other books. It would seem the writer only truly developed the series later on, when she wrote about the other sisters. The only person true to her later character is Helen Walsh, the youngest sister. Their mother is extremely kind in this novel, which is not the impression I got from the later books.
The book is definitely worth a read if you like Marian Keyes, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you are trying her for the first time.